Saturday, August 13, 2011

Coaster with Mitered Binding

I know I wasn't made to be a quilter. Quilters have to measure precisely, cut precisely and seam precisely. I'm more of an eye-ball type of sewer. But, still, I wanted to see how difficult it would be to do a mitered binding so I could use that technique for finishing a cross-stitch wall hanging in a kind of art quilt fashion. I decided to do a practice run on a coaster. I had seen the logo for the UK Tea Guild and the graphic was easily adaptable to a quick stitchery design that was perfect for a coaster. After reading a ton of tutorials, I more or less followed this one. It didn't turn out perfect of course, but I thinks it's not too bad for a first attempt. Coasters work great for practicing.





On an impulse, I signed up to join Sew-Carol's Mystery SAL. It's an 8-parter, but very small size parts, so it will be easy to manage. I'm using 32 count bone lugana, with DMC color variations 4240, one-over-one. The first part is so small and dainty, it looks like it belongs in a doll house! I'm guessing it will turn out to be Miss Scarlett in the library with a lead pipe.


16 comments:

Pumpkin said...

I'd say you did a great job Annie!

Cool but my eyes hurt just looking at it. LOL! I wish her SAL wasn't closed :o(

Margaret said...

Your tea piece looks great -- I think you handled mitred bindings very well! You stitched up that mystery SAL very quickly too!

Jackie said...

I'd say that you've conquered mitered binding! It looks great.

You're so funny with the Miss Scarlet reference. I've not done a mystery type project before. I always want to see what they look like first. I guess I'm not adventurous!

Brigitte said...

Your coaster looks great, you really managed the binding very well.
Enjoy your mystery SAL.

Karen said...

Thanks for the binding tutorial link. It looks do-able, I think I will try it sometime. Your coaster came out very well, it looks perfect to me! The little stitchery design is so cute!

Elaine said...

Your binding looks great Annie.
Love the new SAL start too.

Gina E. said...

I love your coaster, and your mitred binding looks great to me. Not all quilters do it, let me assure you! I don't - there is a much easier way to bind quilts and wall hangings, than mitred corners;-)

Carol said...

Good for you for trying something new, Annie--I'd say it looks great!

I missed out on the mystery sampler sign-up, unfortunately. But, I'll enjoy watching yours grow. I love the color you've chosen and really love the fact that you're doing it "over one"--on 32 ct. yet!! You go girl :)

Annette said...

Wow Annie, you did a great jon on that piece... like you say, quilting is also nothing for me, just sewing and hoping it will be nice is my type of sewing!!!

♥ Nia said...

Looks great Annie!! Good job :D

Anne said...

Very very nice Annie!! I'm sending you a HUG since I'm proud of you! I only started quilting a little bit ago and I actually found this wonderful youtube video which really did the visual thing for me, as reading a direction doesn't always teach me the way I learn. Anyway, if you wish, here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buCKs-Fgvb4 But I think you did I great job without the video anyway!!

Siobhan said...

Great job on the coaster! Binding has never been my forté--your corners look great.

Nice job on that mystery sampler! I can't get over how teensy it is. Love the DMC that you're using--great color.

Sandra said...

The coaster looks perfect, love the stitchery, is so whimsical :)

Thanks for the link, is always nice to learn new skills.

The SAL looks a fun piece to stitch.

Donna said...

Your coaster looks great. I always have a problem with mitered edges. But I keep trying. Love the small

averyclaire.org said...

This SAL is REALLY tiny. It should be beautiful though when complete. Nice work.

Rachel S said...

Very cute, Annie!